The Values of Jesus and the World Contrasted

The World’s Beatitudes

Blessed are the rich and powerful, for they can do whatever they want.

Blessed are carefree and happy-go-lucky, for nothing bothers them.

Blessed are self-assertive, for they get anything they want.

Blessed are those have everything they want, because they lack for nothing.

Blessed are those who don’t let other people’s problems bother them, for they will not get hurt.

Blessed are those who fight to win for themselves, they will never have to say “I’m sorry.”

Blessed are those who can use deceit and lying to get ahead because that is the way to get what you want.

Blessed are those who are popular and please the crowd, for they will not suffer persecution.

Jesus’ Beatitudes Paraphrased

 Blessed are those who acknowledge their need of God because they will submit to the rule of God in their lives.

Blessed are those who are sorry for their sins against God and repent of their sins, for they will find the ultimate comfort of forgiveness from God.

Blessed are those choose not to live by their selfish will but submit to the will of God, for they will find what really matters in life in this world.

Blessed are those who desire with all their heart to please God, for their deepest desires and longings will be fulfilled.

Blessed are those who love, care for, and serve the needs of hurting people, for they will be shown mercy when they are in need.

Blessed are those who are whole heartedly and sincerely focused on doing God’s will, for they come to a close and deep knowledge and fellowship with God.

Blessed are persons who seek to bring peace and reconciliation between conflicting parties, for they exhibit the reconciling love of God.

Blessed are those who are willing to stand for truth, righteousness, and God in the face of opposition and persecution, they will have an eternal reward.

 

 

The King of Kings Is Arriving in Town Today! (Thoughts on Jesus’ Triumphal Entry)

Once a king in a little country on the corner of civilization was so wise and wealthy others sought his favor. He sat on a throne of gold and ivory. Each of his 500 royal guards had shields of gold. His extravagant temple would take billions of dollars to build today. People considered him to be the wisest of human beings. But a greater than Solomon is arriving in town today!

 

A young king of Macedonia created the greatest kingdom on earth in his day. His rule stretched from Egypt to Russia and India. The great cities of Damascus, Nineveh, Babylon fell to him. His influence continued for centuries. People called him and he called himself Alexander the Great. But a greater than Alexander is arriving in town today!

 

Jesus of Nazareth, never prince but forever an eternal king, clothed his royal divinity in human flesh. He walked and talked with everyday people. He healed and worked mighty miracles. His teaching amazed those who heard. His time had come to demonstrate to Jerusalem, the city of David, his royal claim.

 

What kind of extravaganza would this be?

 

Britain’s prince William and Kate Middleton are to be married April 29. The event is expected to cost British taxpayers 48 million dollars. The declaration of April 29 as a national holiday will cost Brits about 9.6 billion dollars. No small party!

 

Barack Obama’s inauguration in January, 2009, in the midst of what he called the worst economy since the Great Depression, cost about 170 million dollars. Again, no small party!

 

How much was spent when the King of Kings made his triumphal entry into the capital city of Jerusalem? It was without cost, without fanfare, without media people brandishing cameras. Oh he used a borrowed unbroken colt, a few cloaks instead of a saddle, and branches cut from the field. Yet, praise quoted from an ancient prophet was proclaimed.

 

Rather than giving a speech he declared his messianic kingship by riding peacefully from the area of the Mount of Olives into the city to the temple. He said nothing. After looking and walking around he turned back to the east and with his twelve disciples ascended the Mount of Olives going to its east side to the city of Bethany where he spent the night.

 

William Barclay describes it as an act of sheer courage. “It was an act of glorious defiance and of superlative courage.” Jesus has a price on his head (John 11:57). One might have expected a secret entrance into the city. Jesus forced them to give attention to him in this center stage. “It is a breathtaking thing to think of a man who with a price on his head, an outlaw, deliberately riding into a city in such a way that every eye was fixed upon him.”

 

Are you honoring Jesus as King and Lord of your life?